J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings", was a devout Christian who understood the value of the ordinary. It wasn't a great wizard who destroyed the ring, nor was it the warrior king, or even someone with special powers - it was an ordinary hobbit who was living an ordinary life, never even venturing outside of his little village. However, that wasn't enough for Tolkien. He took it one step further, pointing out that it's about long obedience in the same direction. "Every day deeds by ordinary folk that keep evil at bay."

Thankfully, the scriptures take our regular, daily, ordinary life quite seriously. Found right in the heart of the Old Testament are a few books called "The Wisdom Literature". These books aren't about the history of Israel or the prophets calling the people back to God - these books are written to normal people, like me and you, sharing wisdom about the ordinary aspects of life.

All of us enjoy the special moments of life when we celebrate loved ones, go on special vacations, or attend major events, but those are places we only visit and look forward to in our calendars, not necessarily where we live. We live in the ordinary. We work ordinary jobs, hang out with ordinary friends, and have ordinary Questions. And yet, amid our ordinary lives, we meet with an extraordinary God.

Join us as we explore the wisdom literature and live in the ordinary.


Before you go deeper with some of these studies, Listen through these teachings to establish a foundation.

going Deeper

Go deeper into the themes and teachings of this series. We recommend working through these in the community, like a small group or triad. Take what you're already learning on Sunday and go deeper. Many of the resources on this page are from RightNow Media. Make your free account here.

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